GEMS CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT INITIATIVES
Our Corporate Social Investment initiatives over the years have become a vehicle of impact, change and transformation to the lives of those that need uplifting in South Africa. The scheme continues to show that it not only contributes towards the healthcare industry of South Africa, but we are committed to uplifting those who are less privileged in the communities we work with and this can be seen in the multiple CSI projects that we have and continue to support.
GEMS Sanitary Towel Drive
The GEMS Sanitary Towel Drive initiative aims to keep girl children in school by supporting them with sanitary towels in an effort to ensure that no girl children are forced to miss school due to not affording sanitary towels. The sanitary towel initiative became a national initiative has grown into a national project that supports learners of African descent on a quarterly basis in identified schools across the country.
Here are some CSI initiatives GEMS has supported:
- AGM project donation of spectacles to two schools in North West namely Bodiri Primary school and Kgosi Kebalepile Primary school, more than 1 000 children were screened for visual ability, and those who needed a more comprehensive test were referred for one.
- Sanitary towels drive for the 2019 GEMS Symposium CSI initiative, the Scheme donated sanitary towels to two schools in KZN namely Thandukwazi Senior Primary school and Mzuvele High.
- The Scheme also rebuilt ablution facilities for Thandukwazi Senior Primary School.
- The scheme donated food to Mpumalanga based orphanage homes namely Janelle Huis offers a home to children between the ages of 0-18 years old and Kosmo Kinderhuis housing 72 mostly abused and neglected children. The two homes were identified with the help of the Department of Social Development in Mpumalanga, the food was donated after we hosted our annual regional GEMS DAY in the province.
- For our Nelson Mandel Day project, our client liaison office gave their time to help play, clean and plant veggies for the Moses Sihlanhu Health care Centre. Centre cares for 17 children aged between 7-17 years they provide long term temporary shelter for boys, counselling, educational opportunities and aftercare with the goal of reuniting children living in the streets with their families and communities.
- In 2022 the Scheme also partnered with the Department of Public Service and Administration to support victims of the floods that destroyed many homes in Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape with 500 blankets.